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Former Ohio Doctor Accused Of Multiple Sex Assaults Against 15 Women

Donald Alexander Gronbeck, a former Ohio doctor, is charged with 50 sex crime counts, allegedly committed against 15 women. Ohio's Attorney General says it "represents every woman's nightmare."

By Constance Johnson
A police handout of Donald Gronbeck

A former Ohio doctor is charged with sexually assaulting more than a dozen women over a nine-year period, the Greene County Prosecutor announced during a press conference on Monday.

Donald Alexander Gronbeck , 42, is facing a 50-count indictment, including nine counts of rape, 10 counts of sexual battery, 15 counts of gross sexual imposition and 16 counts of sexual imposition, according to online court records. Prosecutors say the alleged assaults against the 15 victims took place at his practice in Yellow Springs or at Antioch College, where he provied medical services to students, according to Greene County Prosecutor David Hayes.

The former general practitioner was arrested on October 21 and is being held at the Greene County Jail without bond. Prosecutors have filed a motion to keep Gronbeck in custody without bond, and a hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 27.

“We do believe that former Dr. Gronbeck is a flight risk,” Hayes said, according to the Springfield News-Sun. “We believe that, due to the fact that he was a physician, he’s a person of resources, a person of means. I believe he still owns property in the county and that is why we are asking the court for no bond.”

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost commended the women for coming forward and helping authorities make their case against Gronbeck during the news briefing on Monday. He singled out the first woman to come forward because she recorded some of the alleged inappropriate behavior that will be “compelling evidence,” the Springfield News-Sun reported.

“This case represents every woman’s nightmare,”  Yost said.  “A physician is someone that we all trust to act in our best interest, to be professional, to have a level of detachment. To turn medical treatment into a sexual assault is an incredibly graphic and brutal betrayal of trust.”

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office created a tip line for reports on Gronbeck’s alleged misconduct.

Gronbeck’s medical license was already suspended in January over sexual misconduct allegations involving his patients.

The allegations that resulted in the revocation involved misconduct with eight of his patients between 2013 and 2022, according to documents reviewed by the Dayton Daily News, and included him having a sexual relationship with one of his female patients and groping or having sexual contact with six other female patients.

He also allegedly wrote one patient a prescription for Rivastigmine patches — typically used to treat Alzheimer’s and dementia — and then told her to give the patches to his employees, according to documents from the state medical board. (The paper does not indicate why he wanted her to redistribute the patches.)

The Ohio medical board said in a letter that he had violated state law and the board “determined that your continued practice presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public.”

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